Originally published as a newsletter on June 24, 2022
As many of you know, I am very connected to nature, and when the pandemic hit in 2020, the stay at home order made being out in nature very difficult. I began a small garden out on the balcony of my condo, just to have a sacred space that connected me with nature. Little did I know, it would become a way for my Angels and Guides to communicate life lessons to me. The process of gardening became a spiritual practice for me. I would like to share one of the things I have learned in my garden.
One of my favorite flowers is the Rose. I love them in every color, I love their scent, their beauty and their universal meaning, love. They are finicky and require lots of attention, but when they bloom, oh, the reward! What do I not like about roses? Thorns! I often wondered why The Universe made the perfect flower, only to cover the stems with thorns. I've learned to be very mindful of them too, they deserve my respect! I wear thick gloves when pruning my rose bushes, and give them a lot of room when I walk past. While contemplating the rose and it's thorns one day, my Angels told me this: The Rose is just like life. It's thorns represent the things we struggle with, but the flowers are the blessings! If we go through life appreciating the blessings (the flower) the struggles (the thorns) will have less of a negative impact on us. If you appreciate the rose, you might not notice the thorns! Or, at least, they won't poke as much. Cheesy, I know, but isn't that the way life is? There will always be roses and there will always be thorns. Which one are you focused on?
Thank you for taking the time to read my musings. I hope you enjoyed the picture above. Don't let those little thorns fool you, the bottom of that rose stem is covered with thick sharp thorns. Isn't it beautiful?
Love and Rose Blessings,
Lisa M. Zara